Elle Gerdeman

Design Critic in Architecture

Elle Gerdeman is a Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a licensed architect and principal of the architecture studio, CO–G, founded in 2018. COG was recognized with Next Progressives by Architect Magazine in 2020.

Gerdeman’s work explores material and tectonic assemblies, maintenance, construction, and weathering. She held the 2018 Rotch Fellowship, where her research examined cultural production amongst regional identity and altered resources through the lens of weather. Prior to the GSD, she taught studios at MIT exploring design through alternate forms of materiality and authorship. Gerdeman was an Associate at Höweler+Yoon where she led architecture and public art projects in Dubai, Shanghai, and the US. This included FloatLab, a submersible ring designed to experience a contaminated river, which won a Progressive Architecture Award, and the 2020 Empathy Pavilion in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. She worked in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Rotterdam, where at OMA she contributed to the Timmerhaus Cultural Center, the Qatar National Library, and the Venice Biennale. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale, ACADIA 2014, the Chicago Night Gallery, and Gallery A4 Tokyo.


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    Elle Gerdeman, Instructor

    Fall 2019